Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
26 year-old Benh Zeitlin’s first feature film “The Beasts of the Southern Wild,” about one family’s resilience in a Louisiana bayou, is up for four Oscar nominations. Last night he told Stephen Colbert about how the movie came to be and how the BP oil spill turned into an unexpected opportunity when filming: “We were literally negotiating with BP executives to get our cameras rolling in some of these locations.” He added,”They [BP executives] were looking so bad that I think they actually thought ‘Oh, we’ll seem nice if we help these struggling filmmakers to get out there.’ ”
He also added that if the film wins an Oscar, he wants it to go to its 8 year-old star, Quvenzhané Wallis.
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.